Five Points for New Hampshire's Future
advance behavioral health workforce development
- Remove practice barriers to professional licensure.
- Support programs to encourage students to pursue professional licensure to treat individuals with substance use disorder.
- Support incentives for existing practitioners to include substance use disorder treatment among their offered services.
One of the most common barriers encountered by individuals with substance use disorder is the waitlist for treatment. A number of factors impact waitlists, the most significant being a small workforce of qualified treatment providers. New Hampshire needs to support individuals who want to become substance use disorder professionals by removing barriers to licensure and providing student loan assistance. New Hampshire also needs to incentivize qualified clinicians, currently practicing in New Hampshire but not serving individuals with substance use disorder, to expand their practices to include treatment services.